Published:25/04/2002, Volume II2, No. 5802, Page 19

I read 'Speak easy' (feature, 21 March) with interest. The Maternity Alliance recently launched its report on pregnant asylum seekers, Mothers in Exile.

It is important their very specific needs are addressed. Interpreting and translation services are often key to working with asylum seekers. Another MA publication, As Good As Your Word- a guide to community interpreting and translation in public services, may be useful to local authorities and healthcare services. Both are available from 020-7588 8583 (info@maternityalliance. org. uk).

Alyson Turner Health and social policy team leader Maternity Alliance